San Diego’s gnarly, wayfarer adorned, color mottled Splavender has been releasing aching sonnets of sun-soaked reflection since 2015. This year, we went bonkers over “Honeysuckle” (my neighbors can recite the lyrics even though they’ve never played the song on their own).
So far, 2016 has offered an eclectic blast of bubblegum and gunpowder (Lisa Prank), spectral 80s pop (Niki & The Dove), and lyrical sky shows of self-effacing honesty (Aesop Rock).
It’s an accessible, high-energy record that feels of Southern California spontaneity. If an LP could kick flip while spiking a can of Saint Archer, this would be the one.